Seiji Uebayashi’s eighth-inning home run lifted the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Tuesday.
Two days after the Swallows clinched this season’s best interleague record for the first time, the Central League ballclub closed its final game with a loss at Jingu Stadium.
Uebayashi went 2-for-4 in front of a crowd of 17,937. With two outs in the eighth, he blasted a two-run homer off right-hander Kazuki Kondo (1-3) to put the visitors ahead for good.
Right-hander Ren Kajiya (2-0) picked up the win for throwing the seventh and eighth innings. He gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out two.
Hikaru Kawase put SoftBank on the scoreboard first in the second inning with an RBI single off right-hander David Buchanan. He drove in Yuki Yanagita and Uebayashi, who singled to reach base. In the third, Yanagita’s grounder drove in another run.
The Swallows overcame a three-run deficit in the sixth. Former major-leaguer Norichika Aoki singled in a run, and Tetsuto Yamada came home on an error by second baseman Kawase.
With runners on second and third with one out, Kazuhiro Hatakeyama drove in two runs to cap the four-run inning and give Yakult a 4-3 lead.
The Swallows got a final chance to end their interleague play with a win when they loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. Right-hander Yuito Mori issued three walks, but managed to close it after pinch hitter Ryota Yachi grounded out.
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At Koshien Stadium, right-hander Ayumu Ishikawa (8-3) gave up a run over five innings in Chiba Lotte’s win over Hanshin.
Randy Messenger (8-4) was tagged with the loss for yielding three runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings.
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At Yokohama Stadium, Yuri Furukawa (3-1) pitched six strong innings, and Eigoro Mogi blasted a three-run, eighth-inning homer as Tohoku Rakuten hammered Yokohama.